I’m excited to announce the next iteration of my professional life. Start Here HQ is a consultancy that helps lawyers and legal teams design sustainable and purpose-driven practices so that they can better serve their clients while cultivating their own well being.
I co-founded Start Here HQ with three amazing individuals. What may be even more amazing is that the four of us met on Twitter.
In the summer of 2015 I had just launched my legal design consulting business in San Francisco when I connected with John Grant, another lawyer/consultant based in Portland. He was known as the Agile Attorney and focused on teaching lawyers how to use principles of Agile software development to work more effectively.
John and I spoke on the phone and he suggested that I connect with Jeena Cho, another attorney in the Bay Area who taught mindfulness and meditation to lawyers. John had mentioned that Jeena wanted to bring the “unconference” format from tech events to lawyers, and I was intrigued!
Jeena and I got coffee not long after that tweet, and we ended up co-founding Shape the Law as a result. We held our first unconference for women lawyers at Seyfarth Shaw’s San Francisco office in April 2016.
In the meantime, John also connected me with Cat Moon, an inspirational attorney/consultant from Nashville, who was planning a trip to San Francisco to visit her sister.
During her visit, Cat and I connected over coffee (and also happened to bump into each other at Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch where she was shopping for jack-o-lanterns with her niece and nephew!). I remember that Cat had wanted to meet Jeena during her visit, but Jeena happened to be out of town that week. The two of them connected on the phone not long after Cat’s visit.
Since those initial conversations, the four of us have continued to collaborate and share notes. We were all committed to helping lawyers, but each of us approached it from a different angle—mindfulness, values alignment, workflow visualization, and design thinking.
Over time we came to realize that there is quite a bit of overlap in these different disciplines. I also noticed that my design work cannot reach its full impact without the benefits that come from these other areas—such as self-awareness, clarity of purpose and effective teamwork.
As the four of us discussed how we might join forces, we homed in on one of the themes that was present in all of our work: The idea that it’s important to simply start where you are—which is how we got our new name, Start Here HQ.
If you are an attorney who feels unsatisfied, stuck, or overwhelmed with your work, please reach out to us. As they say, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Perhaps more to the point, it’s impossible to start anywhere other than where you are. Instead of beating yourself up over the fact that you’re not yet where you want to be, simply begin.
I will maintain this website in the short term, but my work going forward will be conducted through Start Here HQ. If you’d like to learn more about what my partners and I can offer, please set up a call with me!